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(Tribute Poem for My Father) on Anniversary of His Death

Linda's passion for writing began as a young girl writing in her journal. She finds solace & healing as the words flow through her.

Tribute Poem for my Father

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Dad with his WWII bomber pilot crew

Dad is the handsome chap on the very left bottom row.

Dad is the handsome chap on the very left bottom row.

Dad as a young man in his fishing boat on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

Dad as a young man in his fishing boat on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

After becoming an expert fighter pilot in WWII, Dad becomes a professional pilot for NorthWest Airlines. There he will meet his future wife who was a flight attendant for North Cenral Airlines  They will be blessed with five healthy children

After becoming an expert fighter pilot in WWII, Dad becomes a professional pilot for NorthWest Airlines. There he will meet his future wife who was a flight attendant for North Cenral Airlines They will be blessed with five healthy children

Tribute Poem to my Father

Dear daddy how I miss you so

I think of you daily as you probably know

You were my beacon on a long cold night

when life gets hard your no longer in sight

Life was so full when your presence was here

Memories of you make me feel you are near

Our relationship was deeper than most daughter/dad

I am grateful for the love and connection we had

Pain grew into healing when you put down the drink

it was like all suffering just ran down the sink

I had dreamed of the day you'd see all the pain

that the bottle put between us, it wasn't in vain

My dream came to fruition when you asked God to help you

Your five hopeful kids knew it was possible to do

I'll never forget when you dropped to your knees

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"I'm sorry children, forgive me I ask, "please."

The last years with you brought us close as can be

I can't wait when in heaven, I see you and you me



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Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 07, 2014:

It always feels so good when someone reads one of my poems to my dad. You and I both know that deep missing feeling, but one day we will be together again-when it's our time of course-I'm not in any rush. LOL

Elena from London, UK on September 07, 2014:

Beautiful Tribute, Linda. I'm reading it 3 years after you wrote it and it touches my heart. The last line is a line I always have in my thoughts about my Mum.

Best Wishes. x

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 17, 2012:

Dear Pam~thanks for not only your kind words and comment but for sharing your story too. I lost mom at age 9 to alcoholism and dad was left to raise five kids. He finally put down the drink for good in his 60's which gave us plenty of healing time. I agree with you that we never get over the loss, no matter what age we are. I think of them daily and have had some visits from them too which is helpful for the grief. Blessings to you.

Pamlia Wall from Ararat North Carolina on November 17, 2012:

I lost my mother to alcoholism several years ago. It is a tough, tough thing to lose a parent. I am 58 years old and still grieve at times for the loss. I don't believe we ever get over it but we learn to cope more as time goes by. It is a lot easier if we know we will meet them again in heaven though. Thank you so much for this beautiful poem.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2011:

It is tough to lose a parent so young but it does teach lessons and shape you for life. Thanks Susie for reading this :-)

SusieQ42 on June 20, 2011:

Wow, lots of comments! My kids lost their dad when they were just 6 and 8 years old. Sad poem but beautiful.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 11, 2011:

Thanks so much toknowinfo-I lost mom in 4th grade and dad when I was 35. Both losses were tough but they live on in my heart and memories. Yes, my writing helps heal me in all of these losses and painful times. So glad I have hubpages. Thanks for your support. Your so awesome:)

toknowinfo on March 10, 2011:

I am so touched by your poem and tribute to your Dad. I lost my father when I was 14 years old. I had a great relationship with him. The essence of our parents live on in us, so we can pass it down to our children. I am glad that at least you had some years to connect to him. It is hard to lose someone we love, and I hope your writing and creativity help you heal a little more everyday.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2011:

We have a lot in common Dolores. Booze sure can cause heart ache and pain. I thank God you and I got some good sober days with our fathers. My dad has been gone 13 and I feel like you. I still miss him soo much. I dream about him all the time and that helps me feel close to him.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 20, 2011:

They say you don't grow up until your father dies. My own dear father had his troubles with booze, but thank God he quit. He was the best man ever, booze his only fault. After he quit, he was perfect. 12 years gone and I still miss him so much.....

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 12, 2011:

Matt-Thank you-You got me all choked up with your kind and loving words. God Bless you:)

My dad was my world, especially because I lost my mom at age nine which made dad even more important to me. He fought his demons and won. He was a very good man. Thanks for reading matt:)

matt6v33 from Bangkok, Thailand on January 12, 2011:

Hello Young Lady,

as the tears flow from my eyes, i wanted u to know, that U Were, R, And always will be special to Him. I would love to have a daughter like you my dear!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 05, 2010:

It's hard losing a parent and I find writing about them is so helpful and healing. I have heard about Helium from my sister. I'll just await another poem from you.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 05, 2010:

What a beautiful poem. I wrote a tribute to my Dad too shortly after he passed away but it is published on Helium sad to say.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 02, 2010:

Hi pmccray-Thanks for your kind words friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 02, 2010:

Thanks my hubby friend. You are too kind:)

hubpageswriter on November 02, 2010:

It's indeed a beautiful tribute. You sure had a great Dad. Take care yeah.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 01, 2010:

Dear DeBorrah-Yes, our fathers are such a gift from God. Thank you for reading my tribute to my dad. Blessings:)

pmccray on October 29, 2010:

I am so glad you shared your feelings with fellow hubbers. Our loved ones leave an indelible mark on our hearts and our lives forever. Peace to you Minnetonka Twin

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 27, 2010:

Minnetonka Twin, Beautiful!! Lovely heartfelt tribute in memory of your Dad! We can be forever thankful to the Lord for blessing us with Great Fathers!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 25, 2010:

Hi Micky-Thanks for stopping by. Stevie Nicks is great and I thought it fit well here.

Micky Dee on October 25, 2010:

Very nice. Stevie Nicks is very nice decoration too! Very beautiful!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 23, 2010:

You are so blessed to have your dad around. I know you will never take him for granted. Dad's are so important:)

Thanks for stopping Shirley:)

Shirley Pisa on October 23, 2010:

I can sense how close you were to your father. My father is still with me and we are also close. I owed so much to him. We are lucky to have such good men in our lives.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 22, 2010:

Hi MrMarmalade-Thanks for stopping and great to see one of my new hubber friends here. I will definitely go to that website you put on. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 22, 2010:

Thanks pastella-Writing about dad makes me so happy, like I'm with him. Blessings:)

MrMarmalade from Sydney on October 21, 2010:

Hi,

Your story is close to mine even to twin and five. Alas the twins were boys so we ended up with five sons.

Still they look after us, very well.

Celebrated 53 years on Tuesday (married)

Check my website in about 8 days "Moneyforjamtips.com

pastella13 on October 21, 2010:

This is so beautiful and such a wonderful tribute to your Dad. You are gifted in writing poetry.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 18, 2010:

I am so sorry to hear your sadness Wife Who Saves. I have a feeling you were probably very close with your mom because of this. I know that before my mother died when I was nine, I was closer to her than dad. When mom died he was everything to me and the rest of his five kids. Weird how life turns out sometime. Thanks for sharing WWS. I appreciate you visiting :)

Wife Who Saves on October 18, 2010:

Such a loving tribute to your father. I never had that kind of relationship with mine. He deserted the family when my sister and I were very young, and is still a cold fish 60 years later.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Thank you carrie-Thanks for stopping in and reading my tribute. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Thanks vietnam for reading my tribute to dad. I loved him so much. I appreciate you coming to see me and uplifting my spirits. :)

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on October 15, 2010:

A very touching poem for your dad Minnetonka Twin. Nicely done.

vietnamvet68 from New York State on October 15, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute to your father this is. It is so heart felt.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Hi bayoulady. We both understand the great grief that accompanies a death of a daddy. Just remember our dad's are watching over us. They are right here and we can talk to them whenever we want. Thanks for being part of my hubber family and supporting me. October totally reminds me of dad. Peace:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Hi ButterflyWings. Nice of you to follow me and I just started following you too. Thanks for the lovely comment about my poem. I look forward to reading more of your hubs too.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 14, 2010:

That is beautiful,M Twin! I miss my daddy so much.He died Fe. 2003.Some days are STILL bad.Every February, I really have trouble shaking the grief. My daddy was a wonderful Christian man, and I learned so much from him. In the hospital for 6 weeks, I even learned about death from him.

Joilene Rasmussen from Ovid on October 14, 2010:

This was beautiful. I am glad you put this out here for us to share, and rejoice with you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Hi poetvix-So glad to see you stopped by and read my tribute to my dad. Yes, the addiction was tough but he was tougher. He didn't want to lose the love of his kids and was finally able to beat the bottle. Your comments were really sweet:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Dear Bobbi-Wow, what a compliment. Glad you got a good cry. Dad's have such a reaction with daughters. Thanks for stopping to read this, it means a lot:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Dear Bobbi-Wow, what a compliment. Glad you got a good cry. Dad's have such a reaction with daughters. Thanks for stopping to read this, it means a lot:)

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on October 14, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute to your father. He sounds like a great man who loved his children very much. Beating an addiction for those he loved was a true showing of fortitude and commitment. This was so touching. It brought tears to my eyes.

BobbiRant from New York on October 14, 2010:

This one made me cry because it is such a beautiful write. You created a lovely tribute to a person you must have loved very much. I needed a good cry. Thank you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 13, 2010:

Dear dalls, Carolina and 2besure-You are all so thoughtful to stop by my hub for dad. Thank You and know that having hub friends like you makes me a Very Happy Camper.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 13, 2010:

Hi Healing touch/sis-Yes, dad was an amazing man who aside from his struggles taught us so much about life and God. He had a spirit of love and walked the walk everyday with the little things in life that some people forget about. His relationship with God was an inspiration to me and has helped me so much of my life. Love you sis and dad is watching over us. :)

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 13, 2010:

Very beautiful poem of healing, forgiveness and restoration.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 13, 2010:

what a beautiful sentiment!! nice work!!

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on October 12, 2010:

Sentimental, great tribute!

Healing touch on October 12, 2010:

MT, beautiful tribute to our wonderful father. He had issues like we all do, but what he taught us will live on in us and our kids.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

lifegate-Really nice to see you here reading my tribute. Yes, I am blessed that I was able to have good years with a dad that was sober. I gobbled up every minute of it too. Lots of great times:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010: